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Determining the Appropriate Level of Care

Admissions team and client work through which level of care is appropriate for substance abuse treatment at Destination Hope based on client history and needs

While there is plenty of research and guidance on substance abuse and mental illness, the fact is that each of us is unique and our needs are specific, as is the treatment plan., This is true from the first admission to a recovery program through the last day of treatment. One potentially confusing area of behavioral health treatment is the level of care required for a particular client. With several levels of care (some sounding or seeming similar), it can be helpful to learn more about them straight from Rob, one of our primary therapists, and an admissions specialist.

We look at several factors when considering which level of care is appropriate for each client. This process begins at the first point of contact with our admissions department. To fully understand how we can address the needs of each client, multiple assessments are administered by our trained professionals.

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Should I Go Home for the Holidays?

At the best of times, spending a holiday with family can be a stressful endeavor. Virtually all of us have family members that rub us the wrong way and while we hope for an enjoyable few hours around the table, often it is fraught with arguments, egos and general nastiness.

Parents greet family members who have traveled home for the holidays anticipating the struggles for an addict in recovery during family gatherings

Many of us in recovery may have unresolved issues with one or more family members. After all, addiction and mental health disorders don’t only affect the individual themselves, but truly everyone around them feel the effects. Parents and siblings may feel a great deal of resentment toward you while, on the other hand you may resent them for situations that may have led to or worsened your addictive behavior. And while the best addiction and mental health treatment programs endeavor to repair relationships in the family, sometimes this can take a while and other times, it is simply impossible.

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How Stress and Anxiety Are Linked to Hair Loss

Woman examines hairbrush with stray strands of loose hair due to anxiety

Imagine going about your routine, whether taking a shower, using a comb or brush, or even running your fingers over your head and making the frightening discovery that your hair is falling out in clumps. There are very few moments as jarring as finding piles in your shower drain or on your hairbrush, only made worse when you tug your hair to test it, and it comes out in batches. But before your mind goes to the worst, it’s essential to take a step back and think about the current circumstances in your life and how you are processing and handling them (or not handling them). Your hair loss may be linked to a period of high stress or anxiety, and the good news is that this is manageable and reversible.

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Vitamin D, an Underappreciated Adjunctive Therapy for Depression

Vitamin D supplements are often prescribed for those struggling with depression related to vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is an incredibly important nutrient both for our physical and mental health. Vitamin D is best known for allowing our bodies to absorb calcium, warding off brittle bones and osteoporosis later in life. However, there is growing and overwhelming body of evidence to show that vitamin D deficiency may also be a risk factor for mental health disorders including depression.

This interesting research is coupled with the fact that a vast majority of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. Why? There are a few potential reasons for vitamin D deficiency, but the most significant is simply not getting outside in the sun enough. Our parents and grandparents often labored outside and as such received their daily dose of vitamin D with ease. Today, however, most of us have jobs at home or in an office where we are not exposed to natural light. Further, wintertime, in most parts of the United States, reduces the amount of available vitamin D simply because the sun is not as strong, and the sky is often overcast. Even skin color makes a difference – those with darker skin require more exposure to get the same amount of vitamin D. The use of sunscreen while critical in reducing the incidence of many skin cancers has also minimized our UV exposure and, by extension, the amount of Vitamin D our bodies can absorb through the skin.

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Four Reasons the Holidays Are Difficult for Clients and Families in Recovery

The holidays are a wonderful time of year during which families create precious memories as they celebrate and spend time together. However, for families with loved ones in treatment or early recovery, the holidays can be a difficult time. Understanding some of the underlying reasons for this difficulty can help families and their loved ones cope with these challenges.

Holiday pressure can creep in, especially for those in recovery and their families according to the team at Destination Hope

Here are four reasons that holidays can be stressful.

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Residential Treatment Centers

Two people hold hands working together to overcome substance abuse through residential treatment programs at Destination Hope

Residential Treatment for Addiction & Mental Health

Residential treatment centers for substance abuse and mental health issues offer a chance for patients to fully immerse in their treatment and receive the most in-depth and all-encompassing care available. They provide extensive therapy, drug and alcohol-free living facilities, 24-hour supervision, and recreational activities.

Residential treatment centers provide different benefits versus outpatient programs, and for those who are suffering from serious addiction or mental health disorders, they are often the place to start treatment after detox or hospitalization.

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A Significant Number of Adults with ADHD May Struggle with Substance Abuse

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be a debilitating mental illness. It is estimated that upwards of 5% of adults suffer from ADHD, which can manifest as difficulty concentrating, organizing, hitting deadlines, and following directions. ADHD often occurs in children, but up to 60% of these kids do not outgrow it in adulthood. ADHD can also cause lower levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. As a result of these deficits, those with ADHD may not feel the same pleasure response as those without the disorder.

The letters ADHD on cork board as we discuss the rates of substance abuse in ADHD Adults.

A Canadian study of almost 7000 20 to 39-year-olds showed that those suffering from ADHD had a greater risk of having a substance-abuse issue. While most of these substance-abuse disorders involve alcohol or cannabis, it was shown that one in six were suffering from abuse of harder drugs including cocaine and heroin.

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What to Look For When Choosing a Behavioral Health Center?

Finding a behavioral health center can be a process. Seeking help for your mental or behavioral health, or that of your loved one, is a deeply personal decision. You want to find a center that has experienced, knowledgeable and trustworthy people, but you’re in a rush, not wanting the window of opportunity to close. This article will help you know what to look for in a behavioral health center – to choose a place that best fits you and the condition you are struggling with, and a facility that can best help lead you toward a path of recovery.

Woman walks her journey from addiction to recovery along sandy beach as waves wash her feet clean at Destination Hope, a substance abuse treatment facility in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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The ABCs of Choosing a Treatment Plan

Clients in Support

Admitting you have a substance abuse problem and seeking treatment takes courage. The ideal treatment option depends on your age, physiology, medical history, and whether you have other pre-existing mental or physical health conditions. Before treatment, you should understand the ABCs of choosing a treatment plan, plus what to expect from your clinician and from yourself. The primary objectives of addiction treatment include education, detoxification, and developing positive coping strategies.

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Destructive Coping Mechanisms in Front Line Medical Professionals

Healthcare Worker in PPE

Never have our front-line medical professionals been subject to such high levels of stress on the job, which can affect their ability to function both at work and in personal relationships. The link between stress in the medical field and addictive behavior is clear. However, addictions can come in many forms, and non-substance abusing habits can often be destructive as well.

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